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IRS Formalizes Transcripts as Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In 2005, I discussed how the IRS had posted information on its website that an account transcript notation bearing transaction code “421” could be used to determine that the IRS had concluded its review of a filed estate tax...more

Indiana Tax Court deep freezes sales tax exemptions for Warehouse Operator’s purchases of equipment and electricity

In Merchandise Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Indiana Department of State Revenue (Jan. 11, 2017), the Indiana Tax Court rejected a Taxpayer’s request for a sales tax exemption for certain freezer equipment and the electricity used...more

Tax Season Becomes "Spear Phishing" Season for Cybercriminals

Imagine this scenario. Your HR team receives an email from your CEO: "I want you to send me W-2s of employees' wage and tax statement for 2015, I need them in PDF file type, you can send it as an attachment." They hurry to...more

IRS Reduces Built-in Gains Tax Period for REITs to Five Years

One of the key benefits of a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) is that it is effectively a pass through entity for income tax purposes. While a REIT pays tax on its taxable income, it also receives a dividends paid...more

Nowa Administracja Prezydenta-Elekta Trumpa, a plany dotyczace korekty „podatku granicznego” (Polish)

Przedsiebiorstwa importujace produkty do USA powinny zwrócic uwage na obecnie toczaca sie w Waszyngtonie dyskusje dotyczaca rozwazanej reformy federalnego systemu podatku dochodowego od osób prawnych i objecia nim tzw....more

Nueva Administración de Trump Considera un “Impuesto De Ajuste Fronterizo” (Spanish)

Las empresas que importan bienes a los Estados Unidos deben prestar mucha atención a las serias discusiones que se están llevando a cabo actualmente en Washington, DC con respecto a una importante reestructuración fiscal la...more

Proposed Loss of Interest Deduction Would Boost Cost of PE Deals

Where asset acquisitions or deemed asset acquisitions are not available, the loss of the interest deduction would likely result in an increased focus on pure equity-funded transactions. Originally published on the Middle...more

Court Rejects PTAB Decision for Excluding Evidence of Deceased Appraiser

At the end of 2016, the Illinois appellate court reversed and remanded a PTAB decision that excluded one party’s evidence because the appraiser who authored the appraisal died prior to the hearing. The case at issue, 1411...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal to a Michigan Tax on Health Insurance Plans

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc.’s ERISA preemption challenge to a Michigan tax on health insurance plans....more

Changes in tax and customs legislation: novelties in the appeals procedure and certain administrative matters

From 1 January 2017 numerous changes to the tax and customs legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan has become effective. The majority of these changes were introduced by the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 30...more

NCSL Task Force on SALT Meets in Anticipation of Active Legislative Sessions

On Saturday, January 14, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on State and Local Taxation (Task Force) met in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss many of the key legislative issues that are likely to be...more

Loans Between Related Entities

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

Split Dollar Shing-a-Ling! Employing the Concepts of Inter-Generational Split Dollar in Compensatory Split Dollar Arrangements

Overview - In the last ten years, life insurance producers and their counsel have quietly transferred great fortunes with minimal gift and estate taxation using intergenerational split dollar life insurance programs....more

DEADLINE ALERT: Prudent Property Management Dictates Review of Property Tax Assessments!

The New Jersey Tax Appeal Filing Deadline is April 3rd. In the upcoming weeks property owners will be receiving their annual property tax assessment notices (postcards) from the municipal assessor’s office. Receipt of...more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

Potential Repeal of Medical Device Tax

With the upcoming Republican-dominated Presidency and Congress in 2017, the Affordable Care Act, or at least parts of it, look to be on the chopping block. One of the changes that may be forthcoming is a repeal of the 2.3%...more

Checkfree – Another Taxpayer Win on New York State Online Service Receipt Sourcing; ALJ Determination Mirrors Expedia

New York taxpayers received additional guidance on the important issue of whether online services constitute “service” receipts, and how those receipts should be sourced, for New York corporate franchise tax purposes....more

Trial of Art Dealer Accused of Tax Fraud and Money Laundering by French Tax Authorities Ends With Judgement of Acquittal

On 12 January, the Paris Criminal Court acquitted Guy Wildenstein, who was facing the possibility of two years in prison and a €250 million fine, and other members of his family as well as their trustees and advisors who were...more

Simplified tax regime under Trump might obviate current workarounds, experts say

Marc M. Stern, an estate planning partner at Greenberg Glusker, was quoted in a Daily Journal article published on January 11, 2017, about the potential for a system under Trump in which exotic accounting methods to reduce...more

California Court of Appeal Holds Doing Business ? Any Activity Engaged In for Pecuniary Gain

On January 12, 2017, the California Court of Appeal held in a published opinion that a taxpayer passively holding a 0.2 percent interest in a California-based limited liability company (CA LLC) was not “doing business” in the...more

Employee W-4 Forms

Employers are required to obtain a signed IRS Form W-4 when hiring a new employee. Although Form W-4 is revised each year by the IRS to reflect current tax rates, exemption amounts, etc., the form remains valid until an...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2006-95 - This Federal Acquisition Circular provides a summary presentation of final rules issued by the Department of Defense...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges - Part One

This is part one of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Tax-Deferred property exchanges. This first article will provide an overview of the rules that govern 1031 exchanges. Part two will deal with the...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities,...more

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